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LabCorp Using SmartGene's Database to ID Pathogens

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — SmartGene today said that LabCorp will use its database services to help it identify bacterial and fungal pathogens.
 
SmartGene said its web-based Integrated Database Network System speeds the identification process by allowing researchers to use gene sequences to identify organisms that can be time-intensive to grow in the lab.
 
SmartGene said its reference database uses algorithms to remove and sift potentially useful sequences from large public stores of genetic data, and that allows the company’s customers to manage information without using lab instruments or reagent systems.  
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.